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Pennsylvania Moves Base Of Hyndman Operations To Cumberland

August 2nd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf arrived on the scene at the command post in Hyndman, Bedford County at around 3:30 PM to meet first responders and area residents affected by the derailment, fire and evacuation.

“Federal, state and local officials are working diligently to ensure that residents in the affected area are evacuated to safety and planning for possible additional impacts to the area,” Governor Wolf said. “These first responders deserve all of our thanks for their swift work to respond to this ongoing incident.”

The Pennsylvania State Incident Management Team is heading to Cumberland, Maryland, which will serve as their base of operations to support regional, county and local response personnel.

PEMA issued a Wireless Emergency Alert message to residents in Hyndman Borough. The message instructed residents to leave their homes and report to the Hyndman Ministry Church for assistance.

Members of the public who have questions about this incident or where they can go for help can call the CSX Incident Response Line at 1-800-331-4031. The American Red Cross has activated their Safe and Well website, which enables people affected by a disaster to enter information regarding their welfare so family and friends can check their status.

According to CSX, the derailed train consisted of five locomotives and 178 rail cars.128 of those cars were carrying mixed freight, and 50 were empty. At least 32 cars derailed; at least one car containing liquified petroleum gas and at least one car containing molten sulphur have leaked and are on fire.

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